John Peel

Position: Action Line Columnist


Nothing’s fishy at the hatchery, inside dark freezers

Why does the refrigerator have a light but the freezer doesn’t? It’s hard to find the Popsicles at night during this hot, hot summer. – Tori EdisonThe conventional wisdom blames conventional light...

DATE: July 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Grocery shoppers go to happy place with Ramones

While shopping in City Market, I stopped for a moment and listened to the canned music. I’ll be darned. They were playing “I Want To Be Sedated” by the Ramones. What does this mean when a seminal...

DATE: July 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Birdbrain drivers fall prey to HAWK stoplight

How many rear-end collisions have been caused by the new red light at River City Hall on Camino del Rio? Every time I go by, traffic is backed up for blocks. Of course, this is in keeping with...

DATE: June 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Drivers use circular logic in Florida roundabout

While driving into town on Florida Road, I’ve noticed something peculiar. More than a few eastbound drivers at the Chapman Hill roundabout will turn on their left turn blinker as they enter the...

DATE: June 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

32nd Street: a dastardly scheme or ribbon of safety?

I have been driving down 32nd Street quite a bit lately. So why is the speed limit so low (25 mph) for this wide, straight road with a large median? Certainly it should be at least 30 mph, like...

DATE: June 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Howdy Pardner’ tickets are gone but not forgotten

I’m visiting from Texas, and I read in your paper a while back that out-of-state plates aren’t ticketed but given a ‘Howdy Pardner’ warning. Last week, I met a friend downtown at 5:30 p.m. and the...

DATE: May 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Support for full-service stations running on empty

Why in the world isn’t there a full-service gas station in all of Durango? That would give jobs to some people and help out a lot of seniors. Hoping for some action. – J. in MarvelAction Line did...

DATE: May 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Don’t let a foraging falcon ruffle your feathers

I have a bird feeder that I have kept reasonably full. Recently a falcon has taken up residence in the tree above the feeder. There’s evidence it has been successful – and there doesn’t seem to be...

DATE: May 13, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Things are looking up with Durango Dictionary

In a recent column, you outlined aspects of “the Durango Lifestyle,” such as waving at every train. Just thought I’d suggest another local phrase: “clusterfrump,” which is when a group of locals...

DATE: May 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Community garden will not grow ‘potted’ plants

I was thrilled to learn we may soon have a community garden, presumably open to all residents and plants of their choice. Does this mean we can all grow our pot in a convenient place with portable...

DATE: April 29, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Seniors make sitzmark with season ski-pass fuss

Could you get the true meaning of the letter Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort sent to its mature customers? It starts with a personalized salutary “Dear Valued Passholder.” This was spot on...

DATE: April 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

City mints a dubious new rule for coin carrying

I was recently advised by the city’s ever-vigilant parking barons that it is every resident’s responsibility to have coins upon their person at all times in case one needs to park downtown. Yes,...

DATE: April 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

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